December 15, 2017

Improving agricultural productivity and competitiveness by improving environmental regulation

Introduction As part of the Commonwealth’s deregulation agenda to provide better national outcomes for the agricultural sector, which was identified as one of the five pillars […]
November 24, 2017

NSW Govt Swift to Action with New Law to Address Water Enforcement Issues

The first of a suite of proposed water reforms has been passed to implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Water Management and Compliance interim […]
November 24, 2017

Land Clearing a Hot Topic for the Upcoming Qld Election

A new push to reduce the regulation of vegetation management, led by Mr Shane Knuth, a member of Katter’s Australian Party, who introduced a bill to […]
November 9, 2017

Co-ops & Mutuals Empowered But Further Reform Still Necessary

The Federal Government has agreed to make regulatory and legislative changes to improve co-operative and mutual enterprises’ access to capital. The Government’s announcement on 8 November […]
October 18, 2017

Turnbull’s Energy Plan Leaves Clean Energy Target Behind

The Turnbull government announced on 17 October 2017 its national energy plan which will significantly change Australia’s  energy and emissions reduction policy. The plan was designed […]
September 25, 2017

Victoria Looks to a Future with Renewables

The Economic, Education, Jobs and Skills Committee has tabled their Inquiry into Community Energy Projects in Victoria. The Inquiry had a mandate to investigate the community […]
September 25, 2017

NSW EPA Seeks Public Comment on Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021

The NSW Environment Protection Agency is seeking public comment on the Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021. The Strategy has been designed to […]
September 25, 2017

Murray-Darling Basin Senate Inquiry Public Submissions Closes Thursday

The Senate Inquiry into The Integrity of the Water Market in the Murray-Darling Basin is receiving submissions until Thursday 28 September 2017. The Inquiry will investigate […]
September 25, 2017

Australia Institute: Paris Climate Goals Unreachable Under Australia’s Current Energy Policy

The Australia Institute has released their report into Australia’s progress of its climate obligations under the Paris Agreement. The Report’s key outcome requires that Australia adopt […]
September 25, 2017

ABARES Finds Farm Production and Exports Falling in Agricultural Commodities: September Quarter 2017

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released their September Quarter 2017 into Agricultural Commodities markets forecasting a decline in both farm […]
September 25, 2017

Battery Standards Reviewed at Roundtable

Standards Australia has held a roundtable with industry groups regarding the proposed requirement under AS/NZS 5139 that would require batteries to be installed away from properties. […]
September 18, 2017

NSW Department of Environment and Planning Reviewing Social Licence in Resource Developments

Community Comment Open for Economic Assessment of Mining and CSG Proposals The NSW Department of Environment and Planning are seeking public comment with regards to the […]
September 18, 2017

High Level Marine Park Protections To Be Reduced

The Federal Government has released five draft plans that will reduce marine zoning in 44 marine parks. Marine park protection zones, that cover 36 per cent […]
September 18, 2017

Commonwealth Legislative Update

Legislation  Legislation for Crowd Funding for Small Businesses Introduced The Corporations Amendment (Crowd-sourced Funding for Proprietary Companies) Bill 2017 (Cth) has been introduced which will allow […]
September 18, 2017

Farm Ownership in Australia is 99% Aussie Says the ABS

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released statistics from a 2016 survey that shows > 99 per cent of Australian farm businesses are fully Australian owned. […]
September 18, 2017

Regulators Stifling Water Recycling

Residential recycling plants are providing localised solutions to water sustainability. However a recent decision by the NSW pricing regulator Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) risks […]
September 15, 2017

WA, NT Left Behind as Significant Progress Made in National Water Reform: Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission is currently undertaking an inquiry into the reform of Australia’s water resources sector. It is required to: assess the outcomes of the National […]
September 11, 2017

Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) Passes Parliament

The Petroleum Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (NSW) has passed both houses and is awaiting royal assent. The Bill will amend Petroleum and Geothermal Energy Resources Act […]
September 11, 2017

Queensland Legislative Update

Gas Fields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD)  The Gas Fields Commission and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 (QLD) has passed parliament last week. […]
September 11, 2017

Interim Report: Independent Investigation into NSW Water Management and Compliance

An independent inquiry in response to a Four Corners investigative inquiry into the management of NSW water across the Murray-Darling basin has issued its interim report. […]
September 11, 2017

Review of the Carbon Farming Initiative and Emissions Reduction Fund

The Climate Change Authority is seeking public comment on the Carbon Farming Act 2017 (Cth) and the efficacy of the Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) that is […]
September 11, 2017

Senate Committee Review Competition and Consumer Amendment

The Senate has referred the Competition and Consumer Amendment (Abolition of Limited Merits Review) Bill 2017 (Cth) to the Standing Committees on Environment and Communications. The Bill intends […]
September 11, 2017

Oil and Emissions Bills before Parliament

Liquid Fuel Emergency Amendment Bill 2017 The Government bill that will see Australia comply with International Energy Agency obligations has passed Parliament today. Under the Agreement […]
September 11, 2017

Agriculture Largest Contributor to Australia’s GDP

The Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources announced last week that agriculture is now the ‘largest contributor to national GDP growth and fastest growing economic sector’. […]
September 11, 2017

Failure to Advance the Rights of Australia’s Indigenous People Contributing to ‘Intergenerational Trauma and Racism’

‘It is woefully inadequate that, despite having enjoyed over two decades of economic growth, Australia has not been able to improve the social disadvantage of its […]

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